ESR Patient Advisory Group

It is not always easy to find useful and clear information about radiology, and patients often have questions about radiological examinations. The ESR has recognised this need, and in 2013 began taking its communication with patient groups to another level with the launch of the ESR Patient Advisory Group (ESR-PAG).

The goal of the ESR-PAG is to bring together patients, the public and imaging professionals in order to positively influence advances in the field of medical imaging to the benefit of patients in Europe.

Patients involved

Interview with ESR-PAG member Cheryl Cruwys


Being the first of its kind the group is not only chaired by a patient representative but also includes members from several disease-specific areas:

In addition to these patient organisations and the ESR, the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) is also a member of the ESR-PAG.


The ESR-PAG is active in a variety of ways: contributing to the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) and the International Day of Radiology (IDoR), developing patient information, and collaborating on European topics of common interest such as the EuroSafe Imaging campaign or patient empowerment, among others.

A day in the life of ...

One of the core aims of the ESR-PAG is to improve communication between radiologists and patients in order to increase public awareness of radiologists’ day-to-day work and for radiologists to get a better understanding of the needs of patients. Therefore, ESR-PAG members are preparing articles that give an insight into their personal experiences.

Patient summaries

Since May 2019, ESR-PAG members review and provide input to official ESR scientific publications and statements. To increase patients’ understanding of radiology and in a bid to make health information understandable to all, the members of the group regularly contribute to publications by drafting summaries in lay language.

ESR statement on portable ultrasound devices
Impact of Artificial Intelligence on radiology: a EuroAIM survey among members of the European Society of Radiology
ESR Statement on the Validation of Imaging Biomarkers
The Current Status of Radiological Clinical Audit and Feedback on the ESR Guide to Clinical Audit in Radiology and the ESR Clinical Audit Tool (Esperanto) – an ESR survey of European Radiology Departments
Radiation Dose Management Systems – Requirements and Recommendations for Users from the ESR EuroSafe Imaging Initiative
Position statement and best practice recommendations on the imaging use of ultrasound from the European Society of Radiology ultrasound subcommittee
The identity and role of the radiologist in 2020: a survey among ESR full radiologist members
Performance Indicators for Radiation Protection Management
Patient Survey of Value in Relation to Radiology: Results from a Survey of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) Value-Based Radiology Subcommittee
ESR EuroSafe Imaging and its role in promoting radiation protection – 6 years of success
Cumulative effective dose from recurrent CT examinations in Europe: A EuroSafe Imaging survey
Referral guidelines for medical imaging in children: an ESR-EuroSafe Imaging survey on availability, awareness and use in clinical practice among European radiologists
European consensus on patient contact shielding


Driver Diagram and Change Package: Delivering patient-centred care in clinical radiology

The ESR Audit & Standards Subcommittee together with the ESR Patient Advisory Group developed a driver diagram on patient-centred care in clinical radiology in 2015 to ensure that a patient-centred human approach is embedded in the work of the ESR. It provides guidance on how to embed patient-centred care within radiology departments by taking the ethics behind patient-centred care from the perspective of the patient and the radiological team into consideration.

Results from a patient survey of value in relation to radiology

The results of a pan-European patients’ survey, conducted in 2019 by the ESR’s Value-Based Radiology Subcommittee and supported by the ESR-PAG, were recently published indicating ways in which value to patients might be increased.

Publications and Press Coverage

March 22, 2022
Insights into Imaging: What radiologists need to know about patients’ expectations: P.A.T.I.E.N.T.S C.A.R.E.R.S A.I.M.S

May 6, 2019
ESR Patient Advisory Group launches ambitious new strategy

March 3, 2018
ECR Today: ESR Patient Advisory Group puts the patient at the centre of the debate on big data and the patient-doctor relationship

November 2017
HELP - Emergency Medical Imaging: Patients caught between fear and fascination

(Article published in the book of the International Day of Radiology 2017)

May 2017
[email protected]: It's all about the patient

March 4, 2017
ECR Today: Experts to look into quality of care in clinical radiology

March 4, 2017
ECR Today: ESR Patient Advisory Group to focus on patient safety and big data

April 2016
EPF Newsletter: “Involve Patients to Improve the Quality of Care” – European Congress of Radiology

March 2016
ECR 2016 session on patient-centred care

April 29, 2015
European Hospital: Tips to eliminate barriers

March 17, 2015
Insights into Imaging: The ESR Patient Advisory Group (ESR-PAG)

EuroSafe Imaging Tips & Tricks for patient safety

What patients should know

EuroSafe Imaging aims at improving quality and safety in medical imaging. Part of its mission is to improve information for patients.

EuroSafe Imaging provides information on CT, interventional radiology and paediatric imaging dedicated to patients, this information was reviewed by patient representatives who are members of the ESR Patient Advisory Group.

Further information is added regularly.

To find out more, click here!


Contact the ESR Patient Advisory Group

Hospital links to patient information

With the help of the ESR’s member societies, we have identified a number of European hospitals that provide patient information on radiological procedures and methods on their websites.

*The ESR takes no responsibility for third party content or external websites.*

Allgemeines Krankenhaus (AKH)
Währinger Gürtel 18-20
1090 Wien
CHC Liège
Clinique St Joseph
Rue de Hesbaye 75
4000 Liège
CHU Charleroi
Blvd P. Janson 92
6000 Charleroi

 Institut Jules Bordet (en francais)
1 rue H. Bordet
1000 Bruxelles

UZ Leuven
Herestraat 49
3000 Leuven
Tampere University Hospital 
Elämänaukio 2
33520 Tampere
Helsinki University Hospital
Tenholantie 10, 00280 Helsinki

Kuopio University Hospital
Puijonlaaksontie 2, 70210 Kuopio

Turku University Hospital
Kiinamyllynkatu 4-8, 20521 Turku
Oulu  University Hospital
Kajaanintie 50, 90220 Oulu
Institut Curie
26 rue d’Ulm
75248 Paris cedex 05

Le journal de l’Institut Curie
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Charitéplatz 1,
10117 Berlin
Universitätsmedizin Greifswald
Fleischmannstraße 8
17489 Greifswald
Universitätsklinikum Essen
Hufelandstraße 55
45147 Essen
Deutsche Röntgengesellschaft e.V.
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 10
10587 Berlin

Medizin mit Durchblick
National Patient Information Platform Radiological Society of the Netherlands 
p/a Domus Medica
Mercatorlaan 1200
3528 BL Utrecht 

Spital Thurgau AG
Waldeggstrasse 8a
8501 Frauenfeld

UniversitätsSpital Zürich
Rämistrasse 100
8091 Zürich

Kantonsspital Baden
Im Ergel
5404 Baden

Kantonsspital Aarau

Tellstrasse 25
CH-5001 Aarau
United Kingdom
Guy’s and St. Thomas’ - NHS Foundation Trust
Great Maze Pond
London SE1 9RT